I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend (and averted disaster from last night’s storms). I will be on vacation in Vermont next weekend to do, among other things, the Covered Bridges Half Marathon with Andrea, Drew and Kelsey. Otto will lead the group in my stead and, since it’s the first Saturday of the month, he’ll take you on the Winans to Winans route. Easy peasy. In addition, the GVWC newsletter itself will be on vacation next week which means no newsletter next Tuesday. (I know, I know … this will be a blow to some, so I’m giving you advance notice to prepare and adapt. Haha!) Catch you all a week from Saturday. Oh, and it’s that time of year: don’t forget your sunscreen!
Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:
- Update to “How Many Pushups Can You Do? You May Want to Find Out”
- Physical Exercise Benefits Mental Health
- 10 Daily Habits That Can Actually Change Your Life
- The Dangers of Sitting
- Are We Victims of “Health Washing”?
Now here are three walkers who got a little off course: Deb, Karin, and Chris. I understand they did not do the Four for Fore Race on Thursday night as intended. All was not lost. They dressed for race day as they would normally, just a few days later (for our regular Saturday walk). Fun idea, ladies!
Update to “How Many Pushups Can You Do? You May Want to Find Out”
Last week, we presented this article, A Simple Firefighter Exercise Test Also Reveals Risk of Heart Problems, where we learned that the number of pushups we can do in two minutes is an indicator of how healthy our heart is and what our risk for heart disease might be. The goal (for a 40-year-old male) is 80 pushups in 2 minutes. I tried it once and came up way short. Jim Matysiak, on the other hand, hit the 80 push-ups in 2 minutes. Holy cow, that is an amazing accomplishment. If you try it, you know how hard it is. Way to be, Jim. Thanks for representing us old guys!
Physical Exercise Benefits Mental Health
As I say frequently, I believe my walking regimen helps me as much mentally and emotionally, as it does physically. Getting outside in the morning and breathing fresh air helps me clear my head so I can start my day with a positive attitude. Here is an article from Verywellmind blog talks more about the mental benefits of exercise.
10 Daily Habits That Can Actually Change Your Life
At the GVWC, we talk about building healthy habits one habit at a time. A healthy habit can be something as small as drinking more water every day, to eschewing the elevator for the stairs, or adding one more vegetable to your dinner. Here is an article from Forbes with 10 bigger habits that can help increase your success and happiness.
The Dangers of Sitting
We have all heard about it now: the dangers of sitting. Here is another a reminder to keep moving: Harvard Medical Center Health Beat blog outlines in plain language why sitting too long can create some serious health issues. Now move along!
Are We Victims of “Health Washing”?
It’s not enough to read labels at the grocery store, but it’s also important to read what’s behind what’s on the labels. This article by Fast Company, You’re probably being tricked by “health washing” at the grocery store, offers both an explanation on why they do it and advice on how to avoid this sleight-of-hand move by packaging designers. From one expert, “Just check the calorie count. ‘In general, if you’re trying to lose weight or stay thin, calorie count is what matters,’ he says. ‘And it’s a much simpler thing to digest for people than the complete nutritional profile.’” Ha! Do you see what he did there? Much simpler to digest??
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all one week from this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!